The supervisory board of Volkswagen (VW) has agreed on Sept. 25 to put some of its employees on leave until further details of the emissions cheating scandal come out and the issue clears up. Among those affected are the R&D managers of its core brand, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche.
The VW board has already announced that it would terminate its top brand leaders while it is trying to restore the company's crisis due to the scandal. Martin Winterkorn, former Volkswagen CEO has resigned last Wednesday, Sept. 23 after nine years of bringing the largest carmaker to the spotlight of fame and until now, into some allegations of fraud relating to the use of software to manipulate diesel emissions data.
Volkswagen has admitted the fact that the company has been guilty of emission issues in the United States. With all of these, the largest carmaker is now in the biggest car business scandal. German prosecutors are investigating on Winterkorn's involvement. The VW board has assigned Matthias Mueller as the new CEO.
Volkswagen's cheating scandal over emission tests has affected the entire auto-industry business and might be the end of diesel. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has revealed some of the carmakers' cheating details on regulatory standards and it has created suspicion on the further environmental effectiveness of diesel engines.
While there have been suspension and termination of VW executives and employees amidst and because of the crisis, it will be difficult for the company to find someone to solve its problems. In addition, the company has revealed on Sept. 22 that 11 million cars in the U.S. were affected by the cheating software. There are no data as to the number of affected vehicles in Germany yet.